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Committed Action Needed To Stem Illegals’ Influx Into Sarawak

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KUCHING – Sarawak Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud wants more committed action from the government to stem the possible influx of illegal immigrants into the state.

He said the state’s rapid pace of development and its rich natural resources were attractions for them to seek jobs, do business and live here.

“Their presence must be treated with total commitment as they can threaten the country’s souvereignty and cause fears and worries among the people.

“Such fears and worries are well-founded as illegal immigrants are often associated with crimes and social problems,” he said when declaring opened the fifth session of the 17th State Legislative Assembly sitting here today.

Taib said public security and peace must be given top priority so as not to negate efforts to make Sarawak a progressive and prosperous state.

Hence he suggested that the monitoring and usage of manpower be properly done to strengthen all enforcement efforts.

“The enforcement agencies should undertake integrated and fully committed operations to effectively deal with this problem,” he said.

On development, Taib said the state still needed huge fund allocations to implement more development programmes and projects to enhance the people’s living standard.

“This year is the final year for the implementation of projects under the Tenth Malaysia Plan.

“I hope all projects under it can be implemented as scheduled and for those still not done to be continued under the next 11th Malaysia Plan which is the last such plan before we achieve the developed nation status by 2020,” he said.

He was confident, with the very good relations between the state and federal governments, these could be done in order to speed up the state development.

On the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Taib said it was an effort of the government in coming up with a more accommodative and conducive economic environment for the country’s economy to remain strong and dynamic. – BERNAMA

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